I Hate Sign Painting

Every art teacher I know hates sign painting. I just refused to do it for years. It takes so much time and it depends on your hand writing how it will turn out. A couple of girls at the bank showed me some pictures and 3 boards that they needed for a wedding in June. I would usually say no to that request, but I had the time and I thought I could do it. And, I like the bank employees. They are always so helpful. First, I have to sketch off the letters on paper. Then I rub the back of the paper with white chalk.  I lay the pattern on the board, and trace the letters. I outline in white paint pen and fill with brush acrylic paints. Then, I touched it up with paint pens. It wasn’t that bad. But, it took 3 days out of my life to do it. So, don’t even ask now. The answer will be: “NO!!!”

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About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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2 Responses to I Hate Sign Painting

  1. Julie Fukuda says:

    When I was in high school, part of our art education was calligraphy with both pens and brushes. It was before the days of making signs with computers, so when I went to college, everyone who needed a sign for anything was after me. After college I made signs to support a new local hospital (on 8’x5′ plywood) and posted on the traffic roundabout. When I entered that hospital later to give birth to my last child, the head of the hospital ripped up the bill and said it was on him. As an art teacher and children’s librarian, I still have plenty of opportunities to use those skills from so long ago

  2. Jim Gatling says:

    Neat story. Thanks for sharing.

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